Both economy and premium economy seats are included – but not Upper Class. You have until September 23rd to book.
The great thing about Virgin seat sales is that you can book for ANY date in the next 11 months. As long, of course, as redemption seats are available!
Virgin taxes on economy redemptions are already lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways. Even without a promotion, the miles required are also lower than Avios for some destinations. A New York seat at normal prices will cost you just 35,000 miles return, compared to 40,000 Avios with BA. With the sale the difference is even more stark.
Here is a sample of economy destinations together with the taxes and surcharges required for a return flight:
New York – 26,250 miles + £248
Barbados (Heathrow or Manchester) – 33,750 miles + £237
Delhi – 31,875 miles + £307
Dubai – 28,875 miles + £248
Examples of Premium Economy destinations are:
New York – 41,250 miles + £410
Jamaica – 52,500 miles + £466
Shanghai – 52,500 miles + £500
Dubai – 45,000 miles + £430
Premium Economy to Cape Town is not included in the sale – this is the only route restriction.
The Virgin Little Red services to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are also reduced by 25% from the standard rate of 3,750 miles each way.
You must book before September 23rd.
If you are short of miles, remember that Virgin miles transfer INSTANTLY from American Express Membership Rewards as long as your accounts are already linked. It will take a couple of days if you have not previously linked your accounts.
Transfers from Tesco Clubcard are also very fast, usually overnight – the ‘Clubcard to Virgin’ page is here.
You can combine these discounts with a CombiFare. CombiFare is explained in this post, but basically if you can only find a redemption in one direction Virgin will sell you a cash ticket for the other half at a discounted rate.
Virgin is also offering a 25% bonus on purchased miles and a 25% bonus on Miles Booster. I will look at this in more detail tomorrow.
(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)